Nintendo to acquire visual content company Dynamo Pictures, plans to rename it Nintendo Pictures

Nintendo has just announced its intention to acquire Dynamo Pictures, a Japanese company that focuses on the production of visual content. The acquisition is expected to close on October 3, 2022, and upon closing Nintendo plans to change its name to “Nintendo Picture Co., Ltd” with the goal of “focusing on developing visual content using Nintendo IP.”

Here is a statement from Nintendo regarding the acquisition:

Dynamo Pictures is a company that plans and produces visual content.

Nintendo has decided to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares (excluding treasury shares) of Dynamo Pictures and make it a 100% subsidiary in order to strengthen the Nintendo Group’s visual content planning and production structure.

The acquisition is expected to close on October 3, 2022, subject to the satisfaction of all relevant terms and customary closing conditions.

Upon closing of the acquisition, Dynamo Pictures’ company name is expected to be changed to “Nintendo Pictures Co., Ltd.” focus on visual content development using Nintendo IP.

Dynamo Pictures primarily focuses on producing CG content, although they also work with motion capture recording and VR content development. They’ve worked for movies, TV shows, and video game animation, and have worked with Nintendo in the past. Notably, they helped produce Metroid Other M, and also helped create the Pikmin animated shorts from several years ago. It’s unclear just yet what kind of visual content they’ll be producing for Nintendo, as it could range from commercials to feature films, or even producing more shorts like the older Pikmin ones. Either way, with the acquisition expected to close in October, we’ll likely have to wait until then to start seeing big moves on that front.

Nintendo isn’t usually big on acquisitions, as they tend to buy other companies quite rarely, and usually focus on smaller companies they already have ties to if they do. Just a few months ago Nintendo acquired SRD Co., Ltd, another small development company they had worked extensively with for many years. It’s interesting to see these acquisitions announced relatively quickly, perhaps indicating a push by Nintendo to consolidate its resources. While it’s probably pointless to speculate who else Nintendo might acquire, we’ll keep you posted on any future acquisitions they might decide.


Briana R. Cross